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9 universal Android tips and tricks that you probably didn't know about

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9 universal Android tips and tricks that you probably didn't know about
Oh, Android, you so full of surprises! And we're being honest here, too. Despite having access to a never-ending supply of Android handsets from vendors from all around the globe, it seems like we get to learn something new about the complex OS every few weeks or so. 

Unfortunately, these usually come in the form of a splinter of knowledge that quickly gets lost in the depths of our minds. Like a needle in a bale of hay. But for this pick, we went back a few years, and tried to combine these pockets of trickery into a singular pick, while also trying to keep this simple and accessible to as many of you as possible. What's more, we've also made the effort to only include stuff that you can actually make practical use of, though that doesn't necessarily mean we've lost our impish charm.

Find below the 9 Android tricks that we've compiled for you -- you're likely to find at least a few that you didn't know about, and at least some of those could easily end up as a part of your daily routine.

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:26

1. Duketytz (Posts: 522; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Wow No. 3 is new to me! Thanks for the tips and tricks, love these kind of articles!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:19

38. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


I knew all except 2 and 3. 2 is useless as I don't use voicemail. Thanks for 3. I was wondering how the Offline Maps feature worked.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:26

39. irbaaz (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


i know 7 of them.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 15:37

41. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I knew about all except #2.

And turning animations off is one of the first things lots of us learned about when 2.2 came out at this one forum..

3 isnt as good as how Nokia does it...but Google Maps is getting there.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:29 4

2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Is there any tip to reduce the lag? :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:35 3

4. Chris.P (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Top-10-Android-performance-apps-and-tips-that-will-speed-up-your-device_id45857#4-WatchDog

Still relevant

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:37 10

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


He is trolling....

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:39 4

13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I ain't trolling. That was a general question asked there. Don't mistake me for some of the fandroids on the site.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:38 3

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Thanks a lot Chris. I try these tips to speed up my Nexus 7.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:41 4

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lag in nexus 7????

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:45 4

18. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yes, my Nexus 7 (2012) lags alot, even after the KitKat update. That's all despite having a quad core processor and a gig of RAM.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:43 2

34. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


@NokiaFTW I've had the same issues with the original Nexus 7 as well. The trick is to leave some some memory open. For some reason it starts lagging after you use up most of the memory. Very annoying issue. If you have an issue charging since the update like I have had there is also a weird fix. Just unplug and replug the USB from the charger while it's plugged in.

@shuaibhere It's a legitimate gripe. You can google it and see people complaining about it all over the internet so your petty name calling is pointless makes you the troll in this case.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 15:45 2

42. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Having a quad core processor doesn't always guarantee good performance, that's true for any OS. The Tegra 3 in the 2012 Nexus 7 was the worst quad core processor to come out that year, it was even beaten by Qualcomm's dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus in CPU and GPU tests. That's Nvidia's problem.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 19:04

44. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...Nvidia has been very hit n miss...mostly miss on phones, tablets.

I was gonna say hardware too because my RAZR, now Moto G were smooth experiences. Galaxy Nexus wasnt too bad either.

People have to realize its like in the PC world. Everyone can have the same software setup....but when when you factor in hardware differences...user experience can very from person to person.

Its why you hear very little issues like this from WP and iPhone users. And when you do in WP land...its usually a specific brand....like this Nexus 7 issue.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:37 9

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why all know you're WP fanatic...
Why are you trolling here???
Still using gingerbread with 500mb ram huh??

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:38 2

33. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


He told us flat out,.. He doesn't troll.
Doesn't always tell the truth is applicable.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 10:34 1

37. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah dude. ..

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:37 1

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


We all know you're WP fanatic...
Why are you trolling here???
Still using gingerbread with 500mb ram huh??

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:45 9

19. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Is there any tip to make Windows Phone useful? :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:48 2

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lololololol....
You made my day..
but I like what microsoft did withl wp 8.1...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:50 4

22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This is an Android article dude, don't ask WP related questions here. I'm sure PA will be putting up an article about some tips on WP. You can ask your doubts there. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:53 3

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I'm afraid there's no solution for that. Sadly.. =D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:52 2

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Guess you're using a crappy low end like the nokia X, 'cause lag is nearly nonexistent on the last year's flagships, especially on KitKat. Even my nearly 2years old Note II is still running perfectly smooth.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 1

31. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Did you even read my comment?

1. I own a Nexus 7 (2012) which still has a decent quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.
2. Even after Google supposedly optimizing KitKat for lower end and older hardware, the lag is persistent.
3. The "crappy low end" Nokia X runs Jelly Bean, not KitKat.
4. My question was not trolling. It was a general query I asked there since I'm fed up of this laggy tablet but I can't afford another one at the moment.
Don't mistake me for some of the fandroid trolls who pop up on every WP related article trolling. You'll got a taste of your own medicine.
Have a good day.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:36 2

32. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Here's a quarter, get back under the bridge.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:59

35. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


How about NO?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:32 1

3. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I only found 1st one to be useful....

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:35 1

5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I thought the article will be interesting...but it is just plain....most of em are basic things..

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:38 1

11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Still a fan of the IPL?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:40 2

14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yup...why not???
just fixing of three players won't stop me from watching the "THE BIGGEST CRICKET FESTIVAL"

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:40

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It has gotten super boring in the last couple of years. I'm waiting for the FIFA World Cup in June. :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:44 1

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Your fav team isn't winning huh???
Btw me too waiting for FIFA world cup...I'll support SPAIN...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:47

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I support Mumbai dude since I live here, and to my knowledge they won last year. But yeah I'm also supporting Spain in the World Cup :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:50

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You can see who I'm supporting from my avatar...most successful IPL team...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:52

26. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Dhoni! The best captain the world has ever produced. Any team he captains becomes successful. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:55

29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That's why I'm chennai fan...
Even though I live in chennai I would support the team which dhoni plays for...luckily he plays for chennai...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:37 1

8. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


3. Bring back latitude!
4. I did not know that!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:38

12. shareeff (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


3 and 4

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:52

24. AJmeBOY (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Tips to have included: screen shot, double tap home button shortcut, turning on/off Google Now hotword detection (reduces lag!), drag and drop apps into folders, rename folders, and moving apps to an SD card to free phone memory.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:53 1

27. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You would have made a better article than PA...
Lol...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:01

30. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Oh I'm going to have to use that last one this weekend on a few people! It makes the phones look all kinds of messed up!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 10:18

36. av911 (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


#4

That's why I prefer Touchwiz. You can edit your 5 most used toggles and see your notifications on the same screen.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 19:52

45. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I get a bunch more by just scrolling right..but it is nice...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:44

40. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wake me up when a real story with real ANDROID tips is present....

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 17:19 2

43. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


well there is an odd thing about googlemaps.. it needs 'location data' available to find your location.. :/

BUT a 'bus finder' App, does NOT need this to find your location!!
'londontransportfree' & 'simple london bus' (cwlee.londonbus) find my location to a few feet, with ONLY GPS on..

Its a shame google has to lie about what is needed!!

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 08:18

46. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


i knew 8 of them

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 18:37

47. Augustine (Posts: 800; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I was quite disappointed at not being able to cache map areas in the new Google Maps app. I'm glad to be able to cache aeas again, even if, instead of the previous menu option, it's now a rather involved shorthand.

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